Wednesday, June 12, 2013


June 12, 2013 6:45 PM—Luxembourg

This morning we left Cologne and traveled to Luxembourg City in Luxembourg. Yes, this small country is bigger than just one city and Luxembourg City is the capital. I have to admit that there isn't a whole lot here, but it is a nice city nonetheless. When we arrived we stopped at our hotel to drop off our bags, but we couldn't check in yet, so we went to explore the city. First we went to the Notre Dame Cathedral of Luxembourg. After that we went by the Royal Palace. We couldn't go in because the Duke and his family live there and you can only go in when he isn't there, which is in July and August.

Once we were done taking a look at the Palace we kept going to the Gelle Fra, which is a war memorial commemorating the Luxembourgian soldiers who served in World War I and later it was changed to also commemorate those who also served in World War II and the Korean War. You may wonder how much Luxembourg really participated in these wars. Well consider this...In World War I, 3,700 Luxembourgers fought in the French army and 2,000 of them died in the war. At the time, the population of Luxembourg was only 266,000 people, so that was nearly 1% of the population. While we were looking at the memorial we were also able to see the Adolphe Bridge, which has become an unofficial symbol of the country.

After seeing everything we wanted to see we decided to get some lunch and then we headed back to our hotel. We ended up getting back at around 2:30 and taking a nap. Now we are just relaxing and preparing for our next few days in Paris, which could be quite busy.

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